For the first time in decades, bald eagles have been found nesting in an Arizona saguaro cactus.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department revealed Wednesday that biologists discovered a pair of eagles and their eaglets in the arms of a large saguaro during a recent eagle survey. Photos posted by the agency showed the eagles nestled at the base of the cactus arm.
The agency's coordinator of raptor management said the eagles are on a cactus near a central Arizona reservoir. He called the find "amazing."
"In fact, it's the first time an image of eagles nesting in a saguaro has been captured in Arizona," the agency tweeted.
Wildlife biologists have looked for decades for a sighting of bald eagles nesting in Arizona saguaro cacti. According to officials, the last known mention of such a site was a 1937 record.